Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

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Juniper 'Wichita Blue' Planting Mix

Helps your Juniper 'Wichita Blue' get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocketâ„¢ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 3-9

Growing Zones 3-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 3-9
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You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-15 ft.

Mature Width:

4-6 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Juniperus scopulorum 'Wichita'

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Dense foliage shields you from nosy neighbors or a poor view, and makes a very effective windbreak!
Thick and full, this moderately sized Juniper creates an impenetrable screen or windbreak, but is short enough to not interfere with power lines. A row will add vertical interest along a fence, and it makes an ideal backdrop to show off your perennials and flowering shrubs. And you can snip a few branches for Christmas greenery to add beautiful blue-green color and fresh Juniper scent to your decorations.

Evergreen, long-lived and deer don't like it!
The silvery blue foliage is a standout all year round, with none of the common winter bronzing, and you will be able to enjoy it for your lifetime as Wichita Blue typically lives 70 years or more. Deer pretty much leave it alone, but numerous birds will forage on the silvery blue berries that grace the branches in late summer and winter.

A most accommodating and manageable size! Though it is short enough to plant under a power line, this vigorous grower will put on 6 to 12 inches a year, and even more if it likes its location. Maintaining its refined pyramidal form, in10 years it grows to 10 to15 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, and keeps growing slowly to eventually reach15-25 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. As a screen or windbreak, space 4 to 6 feet apart; space at least 6 to 8 feet from a fence or drive to avoid overlap.

Natural pyramidal shape is very attractive without pruning -- but if you want a particular height or shape for a more formal look, this small tree takes well to pruning.

As with all the plants from Fast Growing Trees Nursery, you will receive a healthy shrub with a well-developed root system, ready to plant and grow vigorously for you.

Customer Reviews

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A most hardy, satisfying Juniper. It really, really IS blue, as in the picture, which is accurate. Mine are quite small now, but still with a perfect, tapering shape -- and growing! I'm using mine as accent specimens, not a hedge; they truly stand out. Growing zone 7
December 31, 2012
Smaller than Expected
These plants are actual more like 6 inches with a stem that is 13 inches. Technically 1-2 feet but not as one would expect
June 25, 2015
Chicago, IL, US

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Juniper 'Wichita Blue'

Juniper 'Wichita Blue' Planting Diretions

Hardy, reliable, easy to grow and very adaptable as to soils, even poor rocky ones, as long as drainage is good. It appreciates regular watering the first year until it is well rooted in. This type of Juniper is also known as a Rocky Mountain Juniper or Colorado Red Cedar, and as you can tell by its common names, it likes cooler, drier areas – it will not perform well with wet feet or in the humid summers of zone 8 and south, but, once established, not even drought or downright neglect will faze it!

Questions & Answers

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Is planted in front of chain link to allow some privacy for pets inside
Sandra B on Sep 11, 2015
Is planted in front of chain link to allow some privacy for pets inside
Sandra B on Sep 11, 2015
I want to hide a chain link fence, how far back from the fence and how far apart should each tree be planted?
Donna B on Feb 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They should be planted 4-6 feet apart, and 6-7 feet from the fence if you want to keep the trees off the fence. If you don't mid branches crowding up to the fence after a few years, you can plant it 5 feet from the fence.
How wide do these plants get?
I have 200 foot fence that is only four feet heigh and I would really like some privacy, so I need to know how much they spread out so that I can get enough to cover this short fence.
Della A on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper 'Witchita Blues' get 4 to 6 feet wide.
How far away should I plant the juniper from my neighbor's property line? I want to respect the boundaries.
Meliss H on Apr 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would plant it about 5 ft from the property line.
Hi there,

I am thinking about planting a screen hedge row of Wichita Blues and it will be within about 4'-5' of a pretty shallow irrigation ditch. When I say shallow I mean the water running is about 18" deep and the ditch is about 18" wide. Is there a concern because the soil is slightly moist in the area adjacent to the irrigation ditch? Also, the ditch only runs from Memorial day until Labor day so it does not run year round. Thanks for any advice you might be able to offer.
Ted L on Mar 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This plant does not like wet feet, and requires excellent drainage to succeed. Though it needs regular watering the first year until its roots get going, long term, it really prefers it on the dry side as opposed to damp. Have you thought about Thuja Emerald Green, or Nellie R. Stevens Holly? They are both fairly small, evergreen, and like moister conditions.
Are these trees tolerant to black walnut toxin?
Harold S on Feb 15, 2015
Do the blue junipers stand up under snow or do they flatten out? Is the juniper an actual tree or shrub?
David W on Jun 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The blue junipers have held up very well under snow and windy conditions.
Is this deer tolerant?
Deb D on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our street name is (appropriately named) Fawn Drive....and there are many deer around. Our Wichita Blue has not been bothered by them and continues to do well.
is witchita blue juniper good under power lines?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My junipers are not under power lines, but I wouldn't hesitate to plant them under them. I see no reason why you couldn't.
Can these be used in wood planters for a privacy screen on a deck? Or do they do better in ground?
Athena B on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They can be kept in planters but will grow more quickly and taller in the ground.
Can I keep this plant from growing large I would like to have this plant on the both sides of my balcony?
Jolanta W on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You definitely can keep them from growing large with some pruning. Does your balcony get at least a couple of hours of direct sunlight all year long? They do prefer full sun, but will tolerate sun to partial sun. Also, regardless of pruning, you're still going to need large pots for them. Hope all of this helps.
Will the foliage of this blue juniper scratch my car? I need a hedge to frame the driveway entrance. It's a bit too hot here (zone 7b Charlotte, NC) for Canadian Hemlock. How about the foliage of the Spartan Juniper?
John H on Jul 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Well it's hard to say, alot depends on how you trim the shrub and how much room you have to let it grow. As all things grow we trim them if you trim it so stubby branches stick out then any shrub will scratch your car. If you just let it grow and you have the room then, no, it won't harm your car. Hope this helps.
what would be a good spacing for a privacy tree row?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've planted mine at 4 foot intervals and it's growing out very well. I hope this helps.
will this grow in Alaska?
Eufemio M on Oct 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Wichita Blue grows in Zone 3 to 9. Let that be your guide.
will it grow under a pine tree that has about 10 -15 ft clearance?
Carolyn B on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Your Wichita Blue should grow fine near the pine, as long as it has a few hours of direct sun a day, though it will probably be a bit slower to grow and smaller due to the nearby tree or trees getting first dibs on water and nutrients. If your spot is well-drained, you can give your Wichita Blue a bit of extra water and organic plant food, especially the first year or two, to help it get established enough to hold its own against the larger pine.
Will the Juniperus scopuiorum whicita blue live if planted in a pot?
peggy c on Jun 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper Wichita Blue prefer to be planted in the ground. If you are going to try a pot i would make sure it is at least a 30 gallon.
can it be pruned?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
Is this tree able to grow in partial sun well?
Ted S on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper Wichita Blue does prefer to be in more sun, but if it is in partial sun it will just slow the growth rate down a bit.
The 1-2 ft Juniper 'Wichita Blue', what size pot is it planted in? Thanks.
Luis C on Jul 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Luis as with the Nellie Stevens Holly the Wichita Blue Juniper is usually in 1-2 gallon pots.
how many do I need for about 50 ft of area?
Mary H on Jul 29, 2015
The Wichita Blue Juniper needs 4-6 ft between trees so 8-12 would be a good range.
I want these on each side in front of the house facing south don't want a tree to wide or tall 3 to 4' wide and 8 t0 10' high is this possible to find?
ellen f on Jun 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Juniper Wichita Blue would be great for the height and width you are looking for.
Will the tree roots damage buildings?
Lindy on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It does not have roots that would damage the foundation. You will want to plant it about 5-6 ft away.
How big are these plants when they are shipped ?
Sandra P on Jan 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The one gallon size is approximately 14-18".
How tall are they in 1 gal. containers?
David T on Jan 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are approximately 14-18".
whats the tallest i can purchase?
rickey r on Dec 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Currently we only have the one gallon size in stock. We may have larger sizes closer to Spring.
will the blue juniper do well in south Mississippi?
ken s on Nov 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, blue junipers do very well there.
How tall is it at time of ordering?
P K on Nov 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This depends on the size that you get. The one gallon size is approximately 14-18". Th e 1 - 3 ft size is at least a foot tall and anywhere between 1 to 2 feet tall. Unfortunately each tree is unique with it's own growth rate and growth patterns, so our sizes are not uniform.
does it have berries, if so can they be eaten ?
Russ D on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These do not get berries. You would not want to eat any juniper berries.
I need three, seven feet tall. Do you have them?
A shopper on Oct 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We do not carry them that large.
We have a mature blue juniper which has a number of orange color growths which look and feel
like a 'jelly fish'?
Roger R on May 24, 2016
Are these prone to any diseases ? I am having to replace several pine trees due to a fungal disease .
Dawn J on May 2, 2016

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